Burnard McCabe began life in the city of Detroit in 1878. His father was P.B. McCabe, an engineer, and his mother was formerly Mary J. Curtis. He early showed that he possessed much artistic talent, and since a lad has spent a large portion of his time sketching and painting. He seems to prefer the crayon and pastel work, and the walls of his father's house show several of his pastel works in marine views which are very creditable. He has never seemed to think of making art his profession, but sketches and paints for recreation because he loves it. He also has a penchant for the water, and spent the season of 1895-96 as oiler on the Volunteer, under his father as chief. In the fall he expressed a desire to see the world, and went East to go on the ocean for a short time.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.